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Noticing stress in yourself

  • Energy - You feel like you have less energy than before. No matter what you do, you don't find things get better.
  • Sleep - Struggling to fall asleep, or stay asleep. Feeling like you never feel refreshed when you wake up.
  • Eating - Your appetite has diminished, you are losing weight. Or you are eating to feel better, putting on weight.
  • Dress - You can't be bothered to dress properly and don't care to look at yourself in the mirror.
  • Irritation - You find yourself getting angered easily. You can be snappy and frustrated, more than usual.
  • Down - You feel sad, with a strange hollow feeling. You might be tearful at times without knowing why.
  • Anxious - You are more nervous about doing things than usual. You find yourself avoiding anything slightly stressful.
  • Negative - You find yourself having negative and critical thoughts about yourself. You are also not as hopeful as before.
  • Talking - You don't feel like talking to others, and at times avoid people at work or at home.

If you notice some of these in yourself, please take the time to have a conversation with someone.

Noticing stress in others

  • Energy - They are not managing workload as before. Perhaps sighing frequenetly, appearing to be overwhelmed.
  • Sleep - They look like they have just woken up, yawning frequently. They look exhausted even in the morning.
  • Eating - They have lost or put on weight. This is coupled with another item on the list.
  • Dress - They are looking far more casual than usual. They wear the same clothes several days in a row.
  • Irritation - They appear to be getting frustrated easily, complaining more than usual and argumentative with patients and colleagues.
  • Down - They look sad; are more tearful than usual and avoid discussions.
  • Anxious - Your colleague seems to be avoiding things. They don't take on new challenges and even avoid answering phone calls.
  • Negative - They are derogatory about things, dismissing ideas and changes; they were not like this before.
  • Talking - They don't talk to you as much. They give you short answers. They just don't seem themselves.

If you notice these in a colleague, please take time and ask them how they're doing.

Speak to your manager or contact Keeping Well for free, confidential support:


Updated on: 21/04/2022